So we packed up a lunch, and headed out on a lovely Saturday morning. We chose Saturday for our initial trial as the Galveston ferry terminal bus stop would be served all day long. During the week, it’s active only during commute hours.
|We had a beautiful day for our excursion|
It’s an easy walk from the lot (where there is a restroom facility) over to the dock. Once the ferry crew finishes loading the cars, they let you walk onto the boat.
After the crossing, they have pedestrians disembark first. Be sure to pay attention to the ferry crew members for where to wait. From the terminal (yes, there are restrooms onboard the ferries and at the terminal in Galveston) it’s a short walk to where the Galveston bus stop is.
|This unmarked gravel loop is the ferry terminal bus stop|
Note to self (and anyone reading along): Allow more time for the ferry. Crossing time varies by how many cars they have to load and if they have to adjust course for freighters, tide, weather, etc.
|They passed us while we waited for the trolley|
|Riding the trolley along the Seawall|
We rode the trolley system’s full route. The historic downtown loop, which goes out to the Seawall, and then transferred to the Sewall loop, which goes up through Moody Gardens. It was a nice way to see a lot of Galveston. It was also very reasonable. You can easily transfer between the two routes, and it only costs $1.
We returned to the bus terminal via the trolley and waited for the bus out to the ferry terminal.
|At the new bus terminal. Waiting area is upstairs.|
|These folks have quite the wait|
But despite that challenge, we were very glad we did do this as foot passengers…the ferry lines were very long getting back to the peninsula! Made the mild inconvenience of using mass transit worth it.
|A great view from the upper deck!|
Galveston in the distance.
And we’ll definitely go as walk-on passengers for the event instead of driving Sarge over. We’d rather splurge and eat out than pay for the festival parking rates! (and we know that Friday traffic on the ferry will be heavy)
Admittedly, all that trolley and bus riding did make for a very long day and we were glad to get home!
After all, home is where we park it. 😉
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